Friday, June 5, 2015

Pretty Pink Posh Hop and Left of Center

Greetings! I have a two-fer for you today. 2 projects from very different groups. The first is for a Blog Hop I am participating in, and the second is for the latest Left of Center challenge. Let's start with the hop, shall we?

Pretty Pink Posh is hosting a fantastical hop today featuring brilliant projects that use watercolors. I LOVE watercolors. Always have. Typically, I use them from a palette, but today is different! I broke out my new sets of Faber-Castell Aquarelle pencils, and they are just fantastic! And shhhhh!!!!!! Here's a BIG secret! The Stampendous team is doing a major collaboration with Faber-Castell all next week! So this project, you could say, is my little preview.

I started off by stamping the whimsical Ranunculus Field cling stamp with black Memento Ink. Then I broke out my Aquarelle pencils (I love the little grippy dots they have!) and started to color. I used 3 shades per flower, and 2 for the foliage. Background has 2 as well. I would color a flower, and then use the brush the pencils came with to add my water. You can color the whole thing first and then add water, but I was really excited to get my paper wet, and my colors really blended.

After I finished with the image, I let it dry and inked up the edges. I kept the base pretty simple, and added a pretty "thank you" from the Stampendous "Say it Perfectly" clear set. And of course, the sweet ribbon I used is from May Arts. So be sure to head on over to Pretty Pink Posh for all of the blog hop details. And be sure to visit me here next week for the Stampendous and Faber-Castell collaboration. Follow me on Instagram HERE! I am new to the Insta-stuff, so be patient with me while I figure it all out.

Now! On to Left of Center! This week, the challenge is "For the Girls," and we are sponsored by Simply B Stamps.

I used Just Betty for my image, which I couldn't find on the web site, so I guess she's been retired. I colored her with watercolor markers (why not go along with the day's theme, right?), and I fussy cut her out. 

My background is filled with yummy, crunchy goodness from Stampendous. I started off by stamping 2 of the Mixed Media Cling Rubber Brush Strokes images with pigment ink. Then I broke out the lovely Frantage Purple Encrusted Jewel Technique Kit, and played with a few of the vials in it. Those kits are the BEST! My sentiment is from the Discover Today set. And last, I glued down some magical Shaved Ice in various places. 

It really sparkles in person! I hope you will join me over at LOC to see what the rest of the B Team has cooked up for you this week. And don't forget about the Watercolor Hop! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

20 comments:

Susie Sonnier said...

How fun is this card!!!

Sabrina said...

Very beautiful and adorable cards!!

Nancy Lee said...

very pretty

Darnell J Knauss said...

Both your cards are fantastic, Alison! You have done a soft and lovely painting of the beautiful flowers with your first card and created a really jazzy second card!! It's a pleasure to meet you and become your newest follower! I'll hope you'll want to do the same!! Hugs, Darnell

Yvonne C. said...

Beautiful cards!! I love them watercolored.

Michele Henderson said...

I LOVE these vivid layers of color!

Shanna Shands said...

Fabulous cards!

D.Ann said...

They're both GORGEOUS!

Becca Cruger said...

Wowzas! You've got some talent! Two gorgeous cards with totally different feels. The first is elegant and fun and the second is super sassy and cute!

Moxy77 said...

The ranunculus flowers are so cheerful and pretty. Love them. Great card.

Jessica said...

Fun cards! Love those pretty flowers! :)

Sharon said...

Neat to see the effect of these pencils on these florals. I have that stamp set and love to see different ways to colour it!

Fifi said...

two such different cards, each equally wonderful

Celeste Goff said...

I just recently bought this stamp set and am in love with it but haven't tried water coloring with it yet. Your card makes me want to crack it out again and give it a whirl!

Kristina B. said...

Very pretty coloring!

Brandi R said...

Beautiful cards. GREAT coloring ♥

Jean said...

This is so pretty!

Annie LaVallee-Curtis said...

Two cute cards! Lovely watercoloring and your coloring of Betty is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing! ~Annie

Taunya Butler said...

Pretty card with excellent coloring and really awesome details!!

Joi at RR said...

You have been busy Alison! These are both GREAT cards. I absolutely love your Thank You flowers - what a SPECTACULAR job and the colors are so LOVELY. The ribbon you chose just accented perfectly - tied it all together.

And the second card made me smile. Pretty sweet!!! You are very talented. j.